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  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Keylog Books; First Edition edition (March 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981979424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981979427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,284,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack M Silverstein is an English teacher, columnist, and essayist. His work resides at readjack.com and readjack.wordpress.com. He currently lives in the Windy, where he hopes to always return, for keeps and a single day. Scoop Jackson is an award-winning journalist who has covered sports and culture for more than 20 years. A columnist for ESPN.com, Jackson is a former editor of Slam, XXL, Hoop, and Inside Stuff magazines, and a noted author.

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The writing career of Jack M Silverstein began at the age of 3, when he dictated stories to his father about Lassie and Timmy, bulldogs, horses, Go-Bots, and three men named Ted, Ed, and Fed who go down to the shed for a bed. They were great successes.

Silverstein's column "On the John" debuted on September 25, 2001 in the Indiana Daily Student, a story his mother immediately lauded as "really wonderful, Jack." The column "One Team, One Field" examined the adjusted role of sports in America following 9/11, thus making it a fitting start to his column-writing career as it illuminated the connections between sports and greater society.

His first book, "Bear Down and Get Some Runs: A Year in the Life of a Chicago Sports Fan," was finished in the spring of 2006. The underground classic expanded upon his favorite theme: the full role sports play in American life. It is slated for wide-spread physical publication in the autumn of 2010.

Silverstein's columns and essays cover Chicago sports, American social issues, and culture -- his sports work focuses on the Bulls, Bears, and the highly-partisan Chicago baseball scene, aiming to place sports in a broader social context; his community writing covers gun violence, American racism, social hysteria, and post-9/11 politics; his writing on culture covers "The Wire," cinema, hip-hop, 21st century electro, and literary criticism.

He covered the Chicago Iranian movement during the summer of 2009, and the New Trier High School renovation referendum during late 2009/early 2010. His People With Passion interview series is a compelling set of conversations with musicians, educators, writers, and other artists. Series highlights include Alex Kotlowitz and Lee England Jr.

A writing instructor for True Star Magazine, Silverstein delights in sharing his passion for the written word with high school students. He received his Illinois high school certification from National Louis University in Dec. 2008 and has worked as True Star's managing editor for the past two years. His work can be found at readjack.com and readjack.wordpress.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Segil on April 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
'Our President' reads as if you and the author are sitting in two rocking chairs on a warm summer evening watching the clouds go by. The stories, opinions, and emotions flow of the page. Its an incredibly fun read. I loved the articles from early on in President Obama's rise because they capture all of our optimism and hope. The interview with an american activist was provocative and compelling. Jack Silverstein kept me wanting more. A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avril Brown on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
'Our President' is a collection of essays and interviews written by Jack M Silverstein, an experienced writer and a political and sports enthusiast. One of the best aspects of this book is the passion evident in every piece, and reading it will draw you back into those special months preceding Obama's election and remind you why the entire nation was uniformly jazzed about that riveting political campaign. Mr. Silverstein's excitement over the rise of the Obama administration is tangible, and his personal insight into this groundbreaking election is intelligent and witty. He was in Grant Park when Barack Obama became our forty-fourth president and he traveled from Chicago to Washington D.C. to be present for the inauguration, and in both essays the friendly and excited aura Silverstein describes at these events permeates the pages and infuses the reader with the overwhelming sense of hope we all felt when America elected a black man to the presidency. The interviews and the introduction written by a columnist for ESPN give the book a well-rounded feel by including other opinions and perceptions aside from the authors. 'Our President' is highly recommended for anyone who was even remotely interested in the election of 2008, for Mr. Silverstein does an excellent job of capturing the spark of emotion during that enthralling election year.
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